Do not go where the path may lead;
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cowboys, Trailblazers, and Stagecoach Kings:
Abbot Downing Company (1827-1847, 1865-1919) – The maker of the world renowned Concord Stage, the organization built thousands of stagecoaches during the many decades they were in business. See Article HERE.
John Braden (18??-1896) – Working for various stagecoach outfits for several decades before settling down in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Braden died a hero when he saved several people from a burning wagon. See Article HERE.
John Butterfield (1801-1869) – Getting his start as a stagecoach driver at the age of 19, Butterfield parlayed his shrewd business sense to own and operate American Express and the Overland Mail Company. See Article HERE.
Jesse Chisholm (1805?- 1868) – Though Jesse Chisholm blazed the famous Chisholm Trail, he never herded cattle. Rather, he used the path to transport goods to and from his trading posts. See Article HERE.
John Simpson Chisum (1824-1884) – John Chisum was a cattle baron who moved longhorn herds from Texas into New Mexico in the mid 1800’s, where he founded one of the largest cattle ranches in the American West. See Article HERE.
William “Buffalo Bill” Frederick Cody (1846-1917) – Buffalo Bill was a freighter, cattle driver, Pony Express rider, Civil War soldier, buffalo hunter and army scout before he began entertaining great numbers of people in his Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. See Article HERE.
Clark “Old Chieftain” Foss, aka: Old Foss (1819-??) – A boisterous and colorful driver, Foss ran a stage through Napa Valley, California during the 1860s and took many sightseers to the famed geysers in the Calistoga and Geyserville area. See Article HERE.
Charles J. Goodnight (1836-1929) – Goodnight was a cowboy, and Texas Ranger who blaze the Goodnight-Loving Trail, invented the chuckwagon, and become part owner in one of the largest ranches in the Texas panhandle. See Article HERE
The Hash-Knife Outfit (1884-1900) – The Aztec Land and Cattle Company of Boston, became the third largest cattle company in North America in the late 1800’s, headquartered in Holbrook, Arizona. See Article HERE.
Robert “Pony Bob” Haslam (1840-1912) – A Pony Express rider who set the record for the longest ride, Pony Bob also served as a U.S. Deputy Marshal, an army scout, and a stage driver for Wells-Fargo. See Article HERE.
Bose Ikard (1847-1929) – A former slave, Ikard honed his cowboy skills and rode with Charles Goodnight.
Gordon William “Pawnee Bill” Lillie – (1860-1942) – A performer in Buffalo Bill Cody’sWild West Show, Pawnee Bill later formed his own act, becoming so popular that he was stiff competition for Buffalo Bill. See Article HERE.
Oliver Loving (1812-1867) – A cattle rancher and pioneer of the cattle drive who, along with Charles J. Goodnight, developed the Goodnight-Loving Trail. He was killed by Indians while on a cattle drive. See Article HERE.